Hulkow retires as Olivet College head football coach

Hulkow retires as Olivet College head football coach

OLIVET, Mich. – Olivet College Head Football Coach Rich Hulkow has announced his retirement from coaching, according to an announcement from Athletic Director Heather Bateman.

Hulkow joined the college in 2010 after retiring from Marshall High School, where he served as head football coach and athletic director for 25 years. "Over his two years in leading our program, Rich has led with integrity and character," said Olivet College Athletic Director Heather Bateman. "The work he's done has laid a good foundation for launching a new era of Comet football."

The college plans to initiate an immediate search for Hulkow's successor, according to a statement from Olivet College President Steven Corey, Ph.D. "I've asked athletic director Heather Bateman to initiate a search immediately for our next head football coach and to coordinate a smooth transition for our student-athletes and the program," Corey said. "I wish Rich good luck as he transitions into retirement, and look forward to supporting our athletic director and new head coach in building a strong football program here at Olivet."

Hulkow, who coached at Marshall from 1984 to 2009, posted a 210-84 record with 11 league titles, five state semifinal appearances, three championship finals appearances and two Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) championships. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2009, he led Marshall High School to its second MHSAA Division 4 state championship and was named the 2009 Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Year.

Olivet College is a private, four-year institution that competes in 20 intercollegiate sports. The Comets are an NCAA Division III institution in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. For more information, visit Olivet College athletics on the internet at